This documentation is for Dovecot v1.x, see wiki2 for v2.x documentation.
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Command-Line Arguments

  • -F Start dovecot as foreground process (otherwise: start as daemon)
  • -p Ask for private SSL key password
  • -a Dump configuration and exit
  • -n Dump all non-default configuration items and exit
  • -c <config-file> Use <config-file> as path to the configuration instead of /usr/local/etc/dovecot.conf

  • --version Print version and exit
  • --build-options Print build options and exit
  • --exec-mail <protocol> [<section>] Start protocol from section


dovecot [-F] [-c <config-file>] [-p] [--exec-mail <protocol> [<section>]]
dovecot -a
dovecot -n
dovecot --version
dovecot --build-options


If --exec-mail is used, it must be the last argument on the command line, as <section> is an optional parameter, otherwise if no section is given but another parameter follows, this parameter is used as section.

None: CommandLine (last edited 2010-05-14 12:08:35 by WilliamBlunn)